Mar 19, 2019 18:28 UTC
  • ICC urged to investigate Zionist entity's settlement expansion on Palestinian land

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has strongly condemned Israel’s recent decision to construct hundreds of new illegal settler units in the occupied West Bank, calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into the case of the “Israeli criminals” behind the land grab, among other atrocities against Palestinians.

“The ICC is not a court for states, but for individuals. Those who carry out such crimes, namely [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, and those involved in settlement activity, killings, closures, sieges and ethnic cleansing are all known,” the PLO’s secretary general, Saeb Erekat, said in an exclusive interview with Arabic-language Voice of Palestine radio station on Tuesday.

The ICC should “open an investigation with Israeli criminals who are committing the crimes of settlements on Palestinian territory,” he added.

He urged the international community to come up with mechanisms aimed at implementing United Nations Security Council resolutions, which condemn Israel’s settlements built on occupied Palestinian land.

Erekat further noted that there are 12 Security Council resolutions in condemnation of the Israeli regime’s settlement expansion activities and its expropriation of Palestinian territories.

The Palestinian leadership has submitted three formal referrals to the ICC, seated in The Hague in the Netherlands, to investigate Israeli crimes, and there are two cases before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Israel, the senior Palestinian official pointed out.

“There are four Security Council resolutions, demanding international protection for our people… There are also issues before the Human Rights Council that the international community should implement,” Erekeat highlighted.